Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What can we learn from 'The Carrot Seed'?

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A little boy planted a carrot seed.
His mother said,''I'm afraid it won't come up."
His father said,''I'm afraid it won't come up."
And his big brother said,''I'm afraid it won't come up."

Every day the little boy pulled up the weeds around the seed and sprinkled the ground with water.
But nothing came up.
And nothing came up.
Everyone kept saying it wouldn't come up.
Bu he still pulled up the weeds around the seed and sprinkled the ground with water.

And then, one day,
A carrot came up
just as the little boy had known it would.

What a beautiful and touching story! As a mom, what can I learn from it? Maybe all the little kids are like carrots seeds. We need to take better care of the them and be more confident that they will become what they are supposed to be some day.

You can get one copy from your local library or buy one from Amazon.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Recommend: 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

As I read this book, 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans, I was thinking of all the people I know who could benefit from it. The book is a very straightforward read and It helps you thinking long term about some of the choices you're facing now, from marriage, career, parenting to aging. A very worthwhile read.  Read Amazon review and Get a copy from your library.

Monday, October 7, 2013

A handy list of Newbery Medal Winners prepared for my 9 years old boy

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What is Newbery Medal?

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. On June 22, 1921, Frederic G. Melcher proposed the award to the American Library Association meeting of the Children's Librarians' Section and suggested that it be named for the eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery. The idea was enthusiastically accepted by the children's librarians, and Melcher's official proposal was approved by the ALA Executive Board in 1922. In Melcher's formal agreement with the board, the purpose of the Newbery Medal was stated as follows: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."
The Newbery Award thus became the first children's book award in the world. Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most discussed children's book award in this country.
Why I select this list?
My family's philosophy is being healthy in every aspect of life, including reading. We love reading Medal winning books.  This Newbery Medal winners list is a part of my son's reading mission. Hopefully, he could finish most of them when he completes Elementary school because these books suit for 8-12 years old kids.

2014: Flora & Ulysses  by Kate DiCamillo                                    Find in Library    Check review
2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate                Find in Library     Check Review

2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos                                   
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2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool                         Find in Library      Check Review

2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead                           Find in Library      Check Review

2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman                                 Find in Library      Check Review

2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz 

2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan   Find in Library   Check Review

2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins                                   Find in Library   Check Review

2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata                                         Find in Library   Check Review

2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo       

2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi                                 Find in Library   Check Review

2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park                                Find in Library   Check Review

2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck                          Find in Library   Check Review

2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis                    Find in Library   Check Review

1999: Holes by Louis Sachar                                                   Find in Library   Check Review

1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse                                     Find in Library   Check Review

1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg                   Find in Library   Check Review

1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman                 Find in Library   Check Review

1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech                               Find in Library   Check Review    

1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry                                                 Find in Library   Check Review

1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant                                       Find in Library   Check Review

1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor                                   Find in Library   Check Review

1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli                                        Find in Library   Check Review

1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry                                      Find in Library   Check Review

1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman   Find in Library   Check Review

1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman             Find in Library   Check Review

1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman                              Find in Library   Check Review

1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan                    Find in Library   Check Review

1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley                     Find in Library   Check Review

1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary                                 Find in Library   Check Review

1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt                                          Find in Library   Check Review

1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard

1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson                          Find in Library   Check Review

1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos 

1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin                                    Find in Library   Check Review

1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson                         Find in Library   Check Review

1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor              Find in Library   Check Review

1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper                                        Find in Library   Check Review

1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton                     Find in Library   Check Review

1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox                                        Find in Library   Check Review

1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George                  Find in Library   Check Review

1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien      Find in Library   Check Review

1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars                              Find in Library   Check Review

1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong                                      Find in Library   Check Review

1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander                                     Find in Library   Check Review

1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg 

1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Follett)                             Find in Library   Check Review

1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino                  Find in Library   Check Review

1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska                         Find in Library   Check Review

1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville                                      Find in Library   Check Review

1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle                            Find in Library   Check Review

1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare                     Find in Library   Check Review

1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell                         Find in Library   Check Review

1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold                                         Find in Library   Check Review

1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare    Find in Library   Check Review

1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith                                  Find in Library   Check Review

1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen               Find in Library   Check Review

1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham              Find in Library   Check Review

1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong            Find in Library   Check Review

1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold                      Find in Library   Check Review

1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark                       Find in Library   Check Review

1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes                                       Find in Library   Check Review

1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates               Find in Library   Check Review

1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli               Find in Library   Check Review

1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry                          Find in Library   Check Review

1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois       Find in Library   Check Review

1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey                        Find in Library   Check Review

1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski                                     Find in Library   Check Review

1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson                                        Find in Library   Check Review

1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes                                Find in Library   Check Review

1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray                    Find in Library   Check Review

1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds                        Find in Library   Check Review

1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry                               Find in Library   Check Review

1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty                                 Find in Library   Check Review

1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright                            Find in Library   Check Review

1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy                                      Find in Library   Check Review

1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer                                         Find in Library   Check Review

1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink                           Find in Library   Check Review

1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon                                               Find in Library   Check Review

1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs   

1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis             Find in Library   Check Review
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer                         Find in Library   Check Review

1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth         Find in Library   Check Review
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field                     Find in Library   Check Review

1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly                           Find in Library   Check Review

1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji       Find in Library   Check Review

1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James                                  Find in Library   Check Review

1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman                           Find in Library   Check Review

1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger                            Find in Library   Check Review

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes                                      Find in Library   Check Review

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting                     Find in Library   Check Review

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon                 Find in Library   Check Review